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3 family members charged in Maury Co. storage burglaries

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David Russell Cook Sr. David Russell Cook Sr.
David Joelee Cook David Joelee Cook
Brittney Ann Cook Brittney Ann Cook

Thousands of dollars worth of belongings were stolen from 50 storage units in Maury County and then thrown in, of all places, a front yard.

"We have a laundry list of things here. Everything from camping equipment, fishing poles, systems out of automobiles," said Mt. Pleasant Police Capt. Paul Westmoreland.

Police said the items were stolen out of storage units and then covered by a blue tarp in a yard. Some pieces of furniture were crowded inside a trailer or wherever the thieves could cram it.

"When we went to the home to serve our search warrant, we actually caught him leaving the home in this vehicle. All of this stuff was loaded in here," Westmoreland said.

Police have arrested three suspects: 39-year-old David Russell Cook; his estranged wife Brittney Cook, 31; and son David Joelee Cook, 21. Each faces a charge of theft over $1,000 and burglary.

They were all out on bond at the time of their arrests and have lengthy criminal records with several past burglary charges.

Police say surveillance cameras caught the family of suspects hitting 34 units at a Columbia storage business.

"They used a bolt cutter and cut the lock off, then gained entry into the warehouse," Westmoreland said.

The suspects then rented a small unit at Storage Express in Mount Pleasant to gain an entry code - a code they used to come and go nine times the weekend of May 2, when 16 units were broken into.

"The stories we've been told is that he buys these units out and then disseminates the stuff out and sells it," Westmoreland said.

A roll of stolen copper wire was found on the second floor of a building that belongs to one of David Russell Cook's relatives. An estimated $35,000 in Coca-Cola collectibles alone are waiting to be claimed, and police are still digging through photos and serial numbers to find owners and press more charges.

The owners of Storage Express want to make sure this won't happen again.

They are installing cameras that will send live feeds and alerts around the clock.

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